Spring (which we never got this year!) is always such a whirlwind of planting tasks that it is shocking to realize that the calendar is turning to June. June is one of our favorite months here on the farm because of strawberry season! There is truly nothing like a freshly picked Michigan strawberry. And based on the number of calls coming in, everyone is ready!
So here’s what we know about strawberries so far:
- Strawberries are looking good so far – as of now we have a good crop of them.
- When will they be ready? This is a harder question to answer due to the weather extremes this year. The cool spring slowed their growth but they are catching up with the “summer heat” of late. We may have some early berries picked for the market the week of June 4th by the quart only.
- U-Pick Strawberries: Call back or check our website or Facebook page around June 6 for an update. We are thinking sometime the week of June 11th, depending on the weather. If you sign up for our weekly email, you’ll automatically be notified when they are ready, along with everything else when it comes into season. You can sign up for the emails by going to the website’s home page www.coreylakeorchards.com and clicking on: “Subscribe to our mailing list.” Or you can add your name when you are at the market to our sign up list or call us to put you on it (269-244-5690) .
- Pricing — Already Picked: $4.00 quart, a flat of 8 for $30 (which makes them $3.75 a quart. ) We are taking orders for flats right now. 269-244-5690. U-Pick: $2.50 quart
Here’s what is on the market now:
Asparagus: We have plenty of asparagus now as it grows so fast in the heat. Asparagus pricing this year is $2.50 a pound; 3 pounds for $7; or 5 pounds for $11.50. If you get 10 pounds or more, it goes to $2.20 a pound. If you want large quantities (like 20 pounds or more) it helps us if you can call ahead and order it and we can get it ready for you. 269-244-5690. Asparagus season will be winding down soon, so enjoy this once-a-year treat while you can.
Rhubarb: Available now for $2.50 a pound. If you need 10 pounds or more, it’s $2.00 a pound., please call us to order in large quantities.
Greenhouse tomatoes are finally here. So plan a BLT into an upcoming meal! We bake the bread, have extremely tasty bacon from Jake’s Country Meats in the freezer, and beautiful organically grown lettuce in the cooler. Yum!
Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: We’ve got lots of ciders available! Plentiful Brunch (maple vanilla), Hopped, Sweet, Semi-Sweet, and Dry. Also, our Prince Tribute Cider is back! We’re nearly to the end of Ginger, Hometown Hero, and Currant/Cacao, so pick those up ASAP since they might not last the weekend. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy, Double Cherry Wine, and Kaiser Cyser.
If you’re looking for our cider outside of our farm, you can visit Rooster’s Wing Shack in Three Rivers, The Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Dussel’s in Cassopolis, Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids, and as always, The Local in Centreville, Michigan.
Brandy tasting and tours are this Saturday with Bruce from 1 – 3 in the brandy room. Hard cider tastings are at the market 4-6 on Fridays and 3-6 on Saturdays. Yep, that’s right, happy hour is back! We’ll have many of our ciders on tap for flights and growler fills as well. Come sit and enjoy the space at the side of the market with a drink and pleasant conversation, and a view of the lake and our gardens. We look forward to seeing you rain or shine!
Local Products: We try to offer as many local and Michigan made products as we can. Our market is beginning to fill out with some of these and you’ll find them in the cooler, to the bakery to around on various shelves and the wall. You should be able to get just about everything you need for your weekend activities right here….from bread, to cheese or meat to accompany your fresh produce.
June means all of the local farmers markets have started. You can find us at Texas Township Farmers Market every Tuesday, plus every other Saturday (there again on June 2nd). Find out more: http://www.texastownship.org/community/farmers-market/. We also partner with CINO and the Huss School project to have our produce and baked goods at the Three Rivers Farmer’s market every Thursday: https://www.facebook.com/pg/trfarmersmarket/about/?ref=page_internal
We loved seeing so many customers enjoying the farm over the holiday weekend, many of the lake customers were back for the first time for the year along with all of our loyal local customers. You kept us busy making pies, then more pies, bottling more hard cider, picking and bagging asparagus and lettuce. Thanks for coming out despite the heat!
Thanks as always for buying local, from everyone at Corey Lake Orchards.
Update from Dave Vago, Three Rivers DDA Executive Director:
Greetings again from Downtown Three Rivers – just a quick reminder regarding our June 1st First Friday Ice Cream Social. Come to Main Street in Downtown Three Rivers and look for the tent near the corner of Portage and Main for free ice cream and toppings sponsored by our Main Street business owners! At the tent, you can receive cups/bowls and a program. Then, you’ll walk the block and pick up toppings from the various business owners before returning to the tent for ice cream! The event runs from 5 to 8 pm, and concurs with the Movies in the Park event at 7:00 sponsored by the Farmers’ Market. Stay tuned for more events over the course of the summer, as well as the latest news on business development here. We’ll see you on Main Street!